LUTHERAN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
KARI JACOBSON, DIRECTOR
Updated September 2016
Thank you for choosing Joyful Journeys for your child/children. Hope you find this parent handbook informative. A complete manual of ‘Written policies and Procedures’ as required by 441 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 109 is available at your request.
Joyful Journeys Child Development Center is a Gospel based child care ministry, reaching out to the whole family and community, sharing God’s love through word and deed.
Psalm 127 teaches us that children are a gift from the LORD. We recognize that parents are the most influential people in a child’s life. With the help of God, Joyful Journeys staff will strive to assist parents in the God given responsibility of caring for their children. As partners in the child’s development, we will provide a safe, stimulating and stable environment where the whole child will be nurtured spiritually, physically, emotionally,socially, intellectually, and creatively.
At Joyful Journeys the teachers and childcare providers will be using Creative Curriculum, which employs a combination of child directed and teacher directed learning activities. The various classrooms are equipped with developmentally appropriate toys, books and music appropriate for the age of the children in that room. A large indoor play area and a large outdoor playground are also available for developing large motor skills. Joyful Journeys strives to provide for each child’s needs academically, socially and physically in a safe, loving Christian setting. The Christian curriculum component includes music, Bible stories, and table prayers.
The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos translates research and theory from the field of early childhood into a comprehensive curriculum with a clear organizational structure and a particular focus on routines and experiences. Experiences include: (a) playing with toys (b) imitating and pretending (c) enjoying stories and books (d) connecting with music and movement (e) creating with art (f) tasting and preparing food (g) exploring sand and water (h) nature study outdoors.
The Creative Curriculum for Ages 3-
For more information on Creative Curriculum, browse this website: www.teachingstrategies.com
All children listen to Christian music. Children two and older enjoy saying a table prayer. Preschool Children have a weekly bible story introduced in the classrooms and attend chapel with Immanuel Lutheran’s Pastor Simonson.
As the director, I welcome you and your child/children to Joyful Journeys Community Child Development Center. This Parent Handbook has been prepared to explain Joyful Journeys policies and procedures and provide information on the center.
Joyful Journeys, a state licensed facility, is designed to provide a secure and stimulating environment for your child while they are in our care. Each child receives a variety of learning experiences to foster intellectual, social and emotional growth. They are encouraged to express their feelings to develop self-
Feel free to call me at any time if you have questions or concerns Joyful Journeys 712 336-
Kari Jacobsen Joyful Journeys Director
Joyful Journeys Governing Board: Susan Maahs, Dan Knaack, Bev Petrick, Kathy Dodd, Autumn Schmeling, Dave Mensing, Jean Jensen, Sue Boettcher
Advisory member: Pastor Dave Simonson
Childcare for children 6 weeks to 6 years
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. year around
Closed: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day,Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, ½ day Christmas Eve and ½ day New Years Eve.
Preschool Classes for children 3-
All children enrolled at Joyful Journeys for childcare are automatically enrolled in the formal Preschool classes.
ADMISSION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Joyful Journeys is licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services and will operate according to all state rules and regulations. Joyful Journeys does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies and other school programs.
The number of children that can be enrolled is limited by the space available and the adult-
Joyful Journeys, a state licensed childcare center, is required to have the following forms on file before your child’s first day of attendance.
Fresh air and outdoor activity are highly recommended to keep children healthy. The children will go out as often as weather permits all year around. It’s important that they wear shoes designed for active play. We require that children wear athletic shoes that are securely attached to their feet with Velcro. Proper winter dress includes; coat, snow pants, boots, hat and mittens. Please have your child dressed for play all day as the temperatures can change during the day.
Employees are required to follow all guidelines for staffing ratio, discipline procedures and center rules including confidentiality. They are required to take continuing education classes as required by the state licensing rules.
Volunteers will help occasionally at the center. Volunteers can be part of the ratio as long as there is a paid staff member to supervise. Usually, however, volunteers will be used in addition to staff to improve staff ratio and offer more individual care.
Information about your child and family is confidential and will be released to other centers, schools or agencies only after the center has written permission and/or a request from you.
As a licensed childcare provider, Joyful Journeys employees are mandatory reporters by law and must report any suspected abuse or neglect. Suspected cases of child abuse or neglect must be reported to the Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline 1-
Although the teachers and associates appreciate your complements and kind words, the staff may not accept a gift with a value more than $10.00. An alternative way to show your appreciation is to donate an educational item to the classroom which helps them work with the children.
PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS (by age)
Children 6 weeks to 2 years
The parents provide bottles, milk or formula, baby food, and disposable diapers as needed. As the child reaches the age for table food the center will provide that food unless the child requires special accommodations at which time the parent or guardian would be responsible for providing appropriate food. Each child needs a complete extra change of clothing.
Children 2 years old
The parents or guardians provide disposable diapers as needed. Meals and snacks are provided by Joyful Journeys. If your child needs special accommodations due to food allergies you may be asked to provide appropriate food replacements. Each child needs a complete extra change of clothing.
Children 3 – 6 years old
Meals and snacks are provided by Joyful Journeys. If your child needs special accommodations due to food allergies you may be asked to provide appropriate food replacements. Each child needs a of complete extra change clothing.
Please do not send toys from home, as they may be lost or broken and can many times be difficult for the child to share. Our classrooms will be supplied with age appropriate toys and interactive equipment and supplies.
*Preschool classes may allow or encourage items for sharing on a specific day.
FEES AND RATE SCHEDULE
Various monthly contracts are available to meet your needs for childcare or Preschool Classes. A fee of $10 is charged for returned checks. If fees are over 2 weeks delinquent, we may discontinue services.
MEALS AND SNACKS
Nutritious meals and snacks are served throughout the day. Family style meals are served to help children learn to use good manners and the proper use of silverware. A variety of foods are served, including fresh fruits and vegetables. The children are encouraged to taste all foods, but not forced to eat them. State health and safety laws prohibit food prepared at home from being served at the center. All food must be made on site with the exception of commercially prepared food or alternate food provided for children with medically documented allergies.
Joyful Journeys is a “Peanut/Tree Nut Sensitive” Facility
Research indicates that peanuts and tree nuts should not be introduced in a child’s diet until the child is 3 or 4 years old. Therefore we feel it is best for parents to introduce their child to nuts/peanuts when they think it is appropriate. No nuts or nut products are served at the center. (See “Nut Sensitive” policy on the Bulletin Board)
DISCIPLINE AND DISCHARGE POLICY
The goal of discipline is to help children develop socially. Discipline practices should be consistent, a logical consequence to the action of the child, and appropriate to the age and circumstances of the child. We use a variety of techniques in helping the children develop self-
At Joyful Journeys we strive to prevent the spread of illness. Your cooperation with our policies will be of great benefit to all children.
If your child has one of the following conditions, you will be notified to pick up your child as soon as possible.
In case of accident or illness, parents/guardian of the child will be called immediately. In serious cases, the child will be taken to the local hospital for treatment with parents/guardians being notified as quickly as possible.
To return to Joyful Journeys your child must be symptom free from diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hours. If there is a fever, the temperature must be normal for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-
In order to give medication in the classroom, teachers need written parental permission in the child’s file. Medication must be in the original container, labeled with the child’s name, doctor’s name, medication, time to be given, date, dosage, and directions.
Long term medication must have updated signatures throughout duration of the prescription. There must be a separate bottle of medication that will stay with the child at school and one that is kept at home. Both bottles must have the original label. A written medication administration record is kept for each child receiving medication.
Sunscreen will be provided by the parents and applied with your permission.
The transition from Pull-
The policy here is that children wear pull-
It is very important to us that your child becomes independent and comfortable with that toileting process at the right time for them. Your child will be taken to the bathroom each hour or when the child asks to go. While your child may be able to tell you at home, that doesn’t always happen here when they are busy playing. Please be patient with your child and us. We care very much about your child and will do the best we can to help you and your child reach this important milestone.
UNLIMITED PARENTAL ACCESS POLICY
Parents are welcome to visit Joyful Journeys anytime during the day, unless parental contact is prohibited by court order. Sharing information, between parent and child care providers, regarding the child is helpful and encouraged.
If someone other than mom, dad or a regular designated person is going to pick up your child during the day or at the end of the day you are required to complete a form (available in the room) giving information on who will be coming and the time. If plans change during the day, call the center and the person taking the call will complete the form for you. Please inform the person, who is coming for the child, that for the safety of the child, the child care provider will ask for identification, if needed.